Lauren Page H251: African-American History, 1877-Present 25 April 2017 Primary Source Analysis Paper #1 The history of African Americans would not be the same without the oppositions between Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bios. Both helped create equality in American society in the late 19th to the early 20th centuries and because of this it helped create the modern Civil Rights Movement. Though both Washington and Du Bios were both born in the same era, it was their differences in background and technique that had the greatest impact on the future. I believe that Booker T. Washington’s views better suited to the historical conditions and attitudes of the times than W.E.B. Du Bios because Washington had first hand experience with slavery, …show more content…
Washington delivers the 1895 Atlanta Compromise Speech on September 18, 1895, at the Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta. In the speech, Booker T. Washington ask African Americans not to be involved with any form of militant protest in order to gain civil rights and equality with the rest of society. In the speech Washington argues: “Our greatest danger is that in the great leap from slavery to freedom we may overlook the fact that the masses of us are to live by the productions of our hands, and fail to keep in mind that we shall prosper in proportion as we learn to dignify and glorify common labour, and put brains and skill into the common occupations of life; shall prosper in proportion as we learn to draw the line between the superficial and the substantial, the ornamental gewgaws of life and the useful. No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem. It is at the bottom of life we must begin, and not at the top. Now should we permit our grievances to overshadow our opportunities (Washington, pg 2, The Atlanta Exposition speech).” By saying this Washington means that in order for the African American race to succeed as free civilians they have to learn how to appreciate their background and use that to an advantage to succeed in the society. He states, “The wisest among my race understand that the agitation of questions of social equality is the extremist folly. (Washington, pg 3, The Atlanta Exposition speech).” He also suggest for African Americans to take advantage of the number of opportunities presented to them in order to succeed in life. He highlights his message to his audience by exampling a ship lost a see and whose sailors were dying of thirst. The only way they managed to survive was after they had listened to the advice of the skipper who told them to “cast down their bucket” into the sea and bring up the fresh water. This analogy exemplifies how blacks were also
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Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois were two influential leaders in the late 19th and 20th century America. Despite many similarities in background, Dubois and Washington had conflicting viewpoints of the economic and social successes of African Americans. Their opposing philosophies can be found through study and discussion of their literary works. A notable disagreement can be found in Washington’s “Atlanta Compromise” speech and DuBois’s excerpt, Critique of Booker T. Washington, from his publication The Souls of Black Folk.
Although Booker T. Washington and W.E.B DuBois had opposing philosophies on ending racial and economic inequalities for African Americans, W.E.B Dubois emphasized the need for direct involvement in civil rights and political reform. His philosophies and strategies, in my opinion are what helped lead the road towards African Americans gaining their rights. Booker T. Washington ridiculed W.E.B Dubois’s strategy of fighting for their civil rights. Washington believed that the best way to obtain their rights is to prove to whites that African Americans can be productive members of society by means of “keeping their mouths shut, working, and saving, and buy a house.” Dubois refuted his philosophies by stating that there is no point in saving for
Two of the most important men in American history are Booker T. Washington and W.E.B DuBois. They were both educated and they both fought for civil rights for African Americans. But they are totally different one believed in economic rights and, the other believed fighting for your rights now. Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois are very different they didn’t see eye to eye on some of their decisions.
The Atlanta Constitution Booker T. Washington vs W.E.B. Dubois For many years black folks have been suffering under white rule. For many year blacks have been hindered from success, but now blacks have the opportunity to work their way up next to whites if they unite and follow either Booker T. Washington or W.E.B. Dubois. W.E.B. Dubois believes that blacks should demand that blacks fight for their freedom now. On the other hand, Booker T. Washington realizes that the whites aren’t ready for equality with blacks and that they need to gradually increase their freedom by becoming economically successful first then by gradually becoming free. Washington was born into slavery, yet he overcame that great struggle and is an important figure for
Around the 20th century there has been profound leaders and speakers. The most controversial and outstanding speakers were Booker T.Washington and W.E.B Du Bois,two speakers with very different backgrounds but fighting for the same achievements:which are Black Advancement, Racial Relations,and Educational plans. Booker T.Washington a dominant figure in African American culture, he was born into slavery alongside his mother in Hale’s Ford, Virginia. Were at the age of nine he was freed from slavery,and was able to move along to West Virginia. At the young age of sixteen he was enrolled at the college at the Hampton Normal and Agriculture Institute in Hampton,Virginia.
Abbey Bliss 10-02-2014 Booker T. Washington & W.E.B. DuBois Not all too long ago, the United States was a land controlled largely by discrimination, segregation, hate, and the need to solve those problems. The land was wrought with confusion on how to handle the issue and many lost their lives in the confusion. Racism against African Americans was nothing new at this point in America, but the people needed someone to lead them and cause change in the nation. The two most recognized leaders of this time were Booker T. Washington and W.E.B DuBois. The people turned to them and trusted them with change.
Compare Booker T. vs. W.E.B Du Bois Even though Booker T. Washington and W.E.B Du Bois, wanted to achieve the same goal they did it in drastically different ways. One wanted to do it with violence while the other wanted to do it with peacefulness. They both got to the goals just in different ways, there is still racism today. I will be going back into the 1800’s and 1900’s, back to Booker T. and W.E.B Du Bois. Both of these men made goods decision in U.S history.
Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois are similar because they both fought for African American equality, but they differed in their ways to achieve equality; Washington fought for a long-term solution and Du Bois wanted equality immediately. These two leaders of the late nineteenth century had near opposite lives growing up but both ending up fighting for the same thing. Booker T. Washington was born into slavery in 1856 which delayed his educational career. “Booker's first exposure to education was from the outside of school house near the plantation; looking inside, he saw children his age sitting at desks and reading books.
Washington and W.E.B. were very similar but they are also very different in some ways. Booker T. Washington was a man who thought that he would be able to change the ways of discrimination and racism in the long run and to start at that day and age by believing that you will need to change your own ways to become allies with the other races and by having peaceful protest. Booker T. Washington was openly supportive of African Americans taking a “Back seat” to the white people to make them happy and could end the racism and segregation and discrimination. Booker T. Washington told the African Americans that they need to accept their unequal stance in society but will change later in the future, he also said that they need to give up their political rights and voting rights for their economic rights because he believed that it will be more important for the African American people. W.E.B. Du Bois had a completely different stand on demolishing racism, discrimination and segregation and W.E.B would see Booker T. Washington as a traitor to the African americans because he felt like he was giving them what they want.
Two black activist W.E.B Dubois and Booker T. Washington had different perspectives about African American education to overcome economic and social problems such as lack of education, racism and unfair laws. Booker T. Washington opinion was for education for African Americans were for them to show themselves as productive in the society. W.E.B Dubois thought that black education should be primary and the black children should accept white supremacy. The challenges that blacks faced in the late 1800 's early 1900 '2 were blacks were enslaved in the south were they lost citizenship, voting rights and working in skilled jobs because they were looked at like a threat by the whites.
In an era where African Americans were caught in the middle of an awkward transition between slavery and unrestricted freedom, few voices could rise above the noise to lead Blacks to a better future. Booker T. Washington, a former slave himself, found that voice. Approaching contemporary issues through a realistic lens, Washington saw Black empowerment in the world of industry rather than in the world of politics. He saw solutions in brotherhood among diverse cultures, a necessity for a nation torn apart by extreme polarization, and understood the importance of training the first generations of free blacks for the workforce. In this sense, Washington established himself as a true visionary.
Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. Prior to the riot, African Americans had listened to Washington’s advice. Washington believed that African Americans should be sublevel to whites and focus all their time working diligently and progressing in blue-collar society. This would allow whites to feel supreme, but also allow African Americans to make something of themselves and provide for their families. Washington wanted blacks to be educationally ready for the argument of equality.
In September 18, 1895, Booker T. Washington gave an address, that was known as the “Atlanta Compromise”, at the Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition. The fact that Mr. Washington was invited to speak to this all-white southern audience, was itself a historic event. In his speech, Washington made the argument that the African-American people should not ask for the right to vote, they would not retaliate against any racist behavior, and they would tolerate segregation and discrimination. Washington strongly argued that African Americans to get rid of Reconstruction-era notions of social equality.
Booker T. Washington is by far one of the brightest and strongest minds from his time. During his Atlanta Exposition address he displays his intellect masterfully. From Mr. Washington’s use of language he was able to seamlessly piece together a speech that we still analyse to this day. Mr. Washington use of rhetoric explains and enlightens the circumstances of freed African Americans trying to fit into communities in the south. From mistreatment and racism still present in the newly freed people.
Why is your research topic important? Learning about Booker T Washington is important because it 's great to learning about a great of a person and how he became great. And the bad things he done did and why he do those things . This is relevant to people because it shows how people treats others and come together as one union .A situation that can be compare this to when slavery was bad back then and when things were hard for people to get money and jobs. Why is Booker T. Washington considered a great man by some or a fool by others?